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  1. Mustard

    Posted Feb 01st 2004, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... of mustard products come from a plant that is also grown for its green leaves. These greens are popular in Chinese cooking and their flavour bears a distinct but much more subtle resemblance ... into prepared mustard pastes. All varieties contain small amounts of a powerful compound called isothiocyanate, whose sinus-clearing properties are also found in other flavourings and plants ...

  2. Opium Central

    Posted Apr 13th 2006, 12:00am by Rachel Morarjee

    ... evidence that the battle is being won. Although the number of fields planted with opium fell by almost half last year, this spring it is likely to rebound as farmers who were promised aid by local ... and a bag of fertiliser. In the wake of the October raids, the smugglers have started using portable gas stoves to heat the oil drums rather than log fires, so they can shift locations on a weekly ...

  3. Magazines - Post Magazine - FOOD

    Seasons: the tender side of cardoons

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... Susan Jung Susan Jung At the market, the cardoon looks somewhat like mutant celery, with jagged spikes that run along each of its fibrous stalks. It's only when you see the plant growing in the field that you notice its greater resemblance to the artichoke. It's the stalks of the cardoon plant that are commonly eaten as a vegetable; with the artichoke plant, it's ...

  4. Inside scoop

    Posted Oct 31st 2010, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... Susan Jung The soursop has to be one of the world's ugliest fruits. It resembles a custard apple- which is ugly enough (and to which the soursop is related)- but is much bigger. The soursop, however, is also one of the most delicious fruits- it' ...

  5. For All the Tea in China

    Posted May 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... interior: pilfered seedlings could be grown in British India. Fortune's first expedition (1848-1851) wasn't his last. And it wasn't just tea he was asked to purloin. Plant stealing, ... reasons: 'discovering' hundreds of plants and flowers and proving that green and black teas were of the same taxa. He also showed that the Chinese were using poison to dye green tea. Rose ...

  6. Getting fresh

    Posted Jul 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and spearmint) can be grown year-round indoors- the plant grows like a weed, and needs to be cut back often before it flowers. The best way to make use of an over-abundance of fresh mint is to infuse ...

  7. Core values

    Posted Feb 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Susan Jung Whoever discovered that the mighty palm tree has a soft and tender heart must have been desperately hungry. It's ironic, then, that heart of palm is now considered an expensive, luxurious ingredient. The vegetable is actually the core of certain types of palm tree, and the harvesting of the 'heart' kills the plant. Many of the cultivated hearts of palm ...

  8. Take root

    Posted Oct 04th 2009, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... bruising or mould. Look for thin roots, which will be more tender than thick pieces. The root is also available dried, used to make medicinal beverages. The small, tender leaves of the plant (which ...

  9. Flower power

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Susan Jung Not many people think of food when they see or smell lavender. The pretty, fragrant sprigs of the ornamental plant are more commonly used for soap, essential oils and perfumes, or in sachets to put into lingerie drawers. The scent of lavender is said to be calming and sleep-inducing. Lavender- fresh or dried- can be used for cooking, however, although you should make sure ...

  10. Read the fine print: leafy green a nutritional powerhouse

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com Eating spinach may not give you the same super-human strength as Popeye's, but consuming the leafy green could do wonders for your health- particularly your eyes. Fresh spinach is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamins C and E, folate (a B vitamin), and carotenoids (plant pigments) such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein- which ...




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